Compare 2013 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class

2013 Volkswagen Touareg
2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 17 23 $41,792 $43,945
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 17 23 $43,755 $46,010
4-Door TDI Sport 20 29 $45,120 $47,445
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $47,083 $49,510
4-Door VR6 Lux 17 23 $47,503 $49,950
4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $50,832 $53,450
4-Door VR6 Exec 17 23 $52,947 $55,675
4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $56,276 $59,175
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $59,510 $62,575
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RWD 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $43,961 $47,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $46,286 $49,770
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $47,681 $51,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 20 $54,684 $58,800
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $89,373 $96,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,792
$43,961
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,945
$47,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$732 / month
$788 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price. For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.800 58.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.900 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.700 58.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.400 40.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.900 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.600 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.400 132.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 58.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.900 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
188.800 189.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.200 70.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.700 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
113.900 114.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.400 84.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.900 64.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
58.000 80.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 41.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.100 38.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 75.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.000 x - TBD - 12.8 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.000 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.400 27.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.700 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.000 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.630 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size
195/75R18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 P255/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1155 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7700 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4711 4652
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
220 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 302 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
265 @ 3000-4000 273 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/195 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.000 NA
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.220 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.830 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.840 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.670 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.67
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.440 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.850 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.820 0.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.860 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA N/A
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 (2012) - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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